It's been a good year down here for cyclones, we are almost out of the danger
period and the current
two are the first we have had.
The media tends to get a bit carried away these days and if I had taken the predictions of doom on all the front pages of the news papers seriously this morning I would be calling the local funeral director and booking a burial ceremony.
I am not trying to belittle the seriousness of the situations these things create they put a lot of life and property at risk however as they are fairly common and the folks living in cyclone prone areas are fairly well organized for them consequently the fatality count is very low.
Having experienced one of them off the Western Australian coast on an offshore oil
rig I will say that they tend to be a once in a life time sort of thing from an adventure seeking viewpoint and I would not like to go through one at sea on a small vessel, it would be a dread filled experience even should one survive.
The severity and suddenness of the onset of serious floods in southern Queensland
is closely related to the short sighted nature of it's politicians. The Wivenhoe Dam was built as a flood mitigation dam but when one of the political parties wanted to win an election it promised to cancel the building of another storage
dam for Brisbane
. They won, cancelled the new dam and used the flood mitigation dam for water storage
. Consequently when a number of deluges occurred fairly close together the mitigation dam was already full hence the city in the valley below was flooded when they panicked and released too much water